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SLHS claims numerous regional and state science awards

Over the course of three days, San Luis High School won multiple science awards at regional and state level competitions, including best in show and three first place wins.

SLHS students took home nine Southern Arizona Research, Science, and Engineering Foundation (SARSEF) awards in Tucson, Arizona on Mar. 7, while they were also recognized at the Yuma County Science and Engineering Expo (YCSEE) awards night on Mar. 5, 2019 at Cibola High School.

Here is a list of all SLHS winners between the two competitions:

Carla Mosqueda and Alfani Quintero won the Hogan Energy Hero Award at SARSEF and took first place in Engineering for their project on the power of hydroelectric power at YCSEE.

Neyda Hernandez won the Community Problem Solver Award as well as an award for Outstanding Achievement in Ability and Creativity in an Atmospheric Science in Tucson. She also took first place in the Earth and Environmental category for her project on air pollution in San Luis.

Jeziel Banos won the SARSEF Third Place Grand Award for Earth and Environmental Sciences.

Valeria Martinez and Miguel Nunez won five awards at SARSEF including The Good Human Award, Spark Gap Award, Arizona Psychological Association Behavioral Science Award, Naval Excellence in Science Research Award, and SARSEF First Place Grand Award for Behavioral and Social Sciences. The duo also won first place in Social Sciences at YCSEE for their research on how gender roles begin to form as brain development matures. Miguel Nunez and Valeria Martinez

Melissa Marquez took third place at YCSEE in Botany for her work on how aspirin affects plant growth.

Fatima Morales and Alberto Torres took second place at YCSEE in Botany for their work on how vibrations affect plant growth.

Vereniz Lopez and Doris Magdeleno took second place at YCSEE in Zoology for their work with Planarian regeneration.

Spandan Gandhi took first in Health, Medicine, and Microbiology at YCSEE. He also earned Best in Show High School, and Yuma County Best in Show. These awards entitled Gandhi to a scholarship to Arizona Western College.

Adrianne Wagner
awagner2@yumaunion.org